Public Policy Innovations: The Case of Undeclared Work

Management Decision, 2013, Vol. 51, No. 6, pp. 1161-1175.

15 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2015

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Colin Williams

University of Sheffield - School of Management

Jan E. Windebank

University of Sheffield - Department of French

Marijana Baric

University of Buckingham - Business School

Sara Nadin

University of Liverpool

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Purpose

For many decades, European national governments sought to stamp out undeclared work using a repressive approach. In the changing economic context of declining employment participation rates, however, the European Commission has called for a new approach to transform undeclared work into declared work. This necessitates public policy innovations. The aim of this paper is to evaluate the degree to which this European Commission call for policy innovation has been adopted by European national governments.

Methodology

To evaluate this, the results are reported of an e-survey conducted in 2010 of 104 senior stakeholders from government departments, trade unions and employer organisations in 31 European countries, and 24 follow-up in-depth interviews.

Findings

The finding is that although European nations have responded to the changing economic context and the resultant call by the European Commission for a new approach by adopting an array of innovative new policy measures to facilitate the declaration of undeclared work, stamping out such endeavour through repression measures remains the principal approach in most nations.

Research Implications

Until now, few studies have evaluated critically the different policy approaches adopted by European national governments to tackle undeclared work. This paper fills that gap. Practical Implications

This paper reveals that if undeclared jobs are to be transformed into declared jobs and economic inclusion promoted, national governments will need to accord more priority to innovative new policy measures to legitimise declared work than is currently the case.

Originality/Value

This is the first critical evaluation of whether the European Commission call for innovative new policy measures when tackling undeclared work has been implemented.

Keywords: undeclared work; shadow economy; hidden economy; informal economy, public policy, European Union, innovation, public sector management, tax compliance

JEL Classification: H26, J46, J48, K34, K42, O17, P2, P3

Suggested Citation

Williams, Colin and Windebank, Jan E. and Baric, Marijana and Nadin, Sara, Public Policy Innovations: The Case of Undeclared Work (2013). Management Decision, 2013, Vol. 51, No. 6, pp. 1161-1175., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2707314

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Jan E. Windebank

University of Sheffield - Department of French ( email )

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Marijana Baric

University of Buckingham - Business School ( email )

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Sara Nadin

University of Liverpool ( email )

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Liverpool, L69 7ZH
United Kingdom

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